"SEEDS" documentary screening

Thursday, October 28, 2004
Time: 07:00 PM
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Closing Night Film
Common Ground Film Festival


Thursday 28 October 7pm

The Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW
Room 213


For tickets and more information, go to
www.sfcg.org/programmes/filmfestival/filmfest_2004.html

You are invited to attend the Closing Night screening of SEEDS at the Common Ground Film Festival in Washington D.C.

Please find attached some brief information about the film. Marjan Safinia will be present to introduce the film and answer questions.
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"..a spectacular film...truly impressive"
Judy Woodruff, CNN

"SEEDS beautifully captures the difficult and inspiring journey of teenagers
toward dialog and understanding with their traditional enemies. Adults can
only aspire to such bravery."

Michelle Pearl, Vice President, The Daniel Pearl Foundation

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SEEDS, an exceptional documentary, introduces us to ten courageous teenagers trying to accomplish what most adults can never bring themselves to do: sit down in peace to face their enemy. Every summer, kids from war-torn countries gather together for three life-changing weeks at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine. Back home, it’s impossible to believe that a Palestinian can share a bunk, let alone a laugh or a hug, with an Israeli; unimaginable for an Indian to speak freely with a Pakistani; inconceivable for an American to gain insight into an Afghan. But in the woods of Maine, they share their dreams and fears and try to see beyond the prejudices that divide them.

Like a grown-up, harder-edged heir to the Academy Award nominated documentary Promises, SEEDS shows that coexistence, even temporary, is tough work, and often elusive. SEEDS intimately documents this difficult journey, where there are no superficial resolutions. At times, the teenagers seem more enlightened than their leaders, but after a year back at home—where the word peace has very little meaning—can they hold onto what they have learned? SEEDS sends a strong message of hope in a media landscape that is bursting with images of violence and intolerance.

In the words of one of the kids, "in order to make peace with your enemy, you have to go to war with yourself."

An excellent film to see with kids, and for families to see together. Uplifting, poignant and inspiring, this film is the perfect antidote to all the madness in our world.

Find out more about the film at www.seedsthemovie.com

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